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    Transform your potential into engaged policymaking, effective public management and creative social enterprise.

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    Your education and your impact extend far beyond our classroom walls.

  • Dedicated to Equity

    SPP is recognized nationally for integrating social equity into our academic and practical work.

Welcome to the School of Public Policy

Formerly the Center for Public Policy and Administration

The School of Public Policy is the hub of interdisciplinary public policy research, teaching and engagement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Our faculty teach and conduct rigorous research to realize social change and solve problems for the common good. Our classes are small, and the impact we have on our students and on the outside world is big.


Wellspring Cooperative Seeking Investment in Springfield Hydroponic Greenhouse Project

This greenhouse will contribute to economic vitality and rejuvenation of the Springfield region by creating jobs and supplying fresh greens year-round to institutional, retail and local community markets.

SPP Invites Applications for Inaugural Director

Outstanding scholar and leader sought to direct the new School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus. Details and application information available here.

Brandt Featured on NPR's Marketplace

Brandt's comments, on a new study about the worst pollution event in history, suggest the economic costs of pollution-fueled asthma in the U.S.

Schweik Helps Direct Citizen Science Project at Make-It Springfield

Funded through UMass Extension, the makerspace project helped high school students in Springfield to build an open source Arduino-based air quality sensor.

Marcie Muehlke (MBA/MPPA ‘12) Receives $50,000 Award from Valley Venture Mentors

Celia Grace, a social enterprise founded by Marcie Muehlke (MBA/MPPA ‘12), received the highest award for participation in the 2016 Valley Venture Mentors program.